Custom Duty Invoice Example (Non-U.S. countries only)
Your invoice for customs may look something like this:
① Import fees
Import fees may or may not be collected, and it is up to local customs authorities to use their discretion in setting charges. In general, the custom rates are approximately 8% and differs by the type of fabric. It is your responsibility to respond quickly to calls and emails from the carrier service and make payments if requested.
② VAT (Sales tax)
If you are a business and have an official business registration number, you will be able to get a sales tax refund from your country. Please contact your accountant or National Tax Service for instructions.
③ Charging and Handling Fee (DPF)
Make sure you are aware of the processing fee (DPF) you may be charged from the courier service in some cases. This is the fee that the courier service charges for processing your custom clearance quickly and making an advance payment to customs to allow them to release your package for delivery.
For instance, in the case of the United Kingdom, DPF is a flat rate of £20 if the amount of duty & VAT paid to customs is less than £400. For amounts beyond £400, it costs 5% of the amount invoiced with a maximum charge of £500.
However, if you do not agree with the courier service processing the customs for you, please call your local courier and ask them to waive this fee for you. The courier will be able to guide you on how to avoid the processing fees.